A new woodland adventure park is set to open in Cheshire this spring.
Although the leisure and tourism industry is expected to be hit hard by the current coronavirus health scare over the coming months, the opening of the Bewilderwood in Whitchurch is scheduled to go ahead in May.
The project has been developed for three years, following the success of its sister site in Norfolk, and the 70-acre park will be the second attraction in the group.
Bewilderwood is based on a series of children’s adventure stories written by author Tom Bloefield. The park will feature aerial and ground woodland walks, and also have tree houses, play structures, story-telling, craft sessions and picnic areas.
Mr Bloefield was running a fireplace business when he decided to change direction. He said: “One day I just woke up and realised I could not any longer do anything that didn’t work for my soul.
“I wanted clients I liked and I came to the conclusion that the only people in the world that I actually like are children.”
Bewilderwood park is expected to attract thousands of visitors a year and will feature zip-lines, slides and bridge challenges.
Organisers say it will be a land of adventure for families, free from noisy rides and technology, as they encourage grandparents and parents to play alongside their children.
They wrote on their Facebook page: “We are super excited to say that Bewilderwood Cheshire will be opening its wonky wooden gates for the very first time on the 23rd May 2020. Yippee!”
The site itself is said to be creating around 180 new jobs, both part-time and full time, and is expected to open on May 23rd, with ticket prices determined by children’s height rather than age.